In our communities: we contribute to women’s economic impact and independence
Pearl Tiwari, Head of LafargeHolcim affiliate Ambuja Cement Foundation
“As India witnesses economic progress, there will be a pressing need for enhancing the socio-economic status of women not in just cities but also in rural locations across the country. Gaining financial independence is seen to have a great impact in boosting women’s confidence and decision making ability.”
In India, LafargeHolcim affiliate Ambuja Cement Foundation has launched a series of actions supporting women development. They include:
- Helping women become entrepreneurs through self-help groups. For example, the groups have supported vegetable and fish farmers transform their work into profitable livelihood options.
- Increasing women’s skills thanks to training programs in nursing, computer hardware and software and beautician courses.
In other geographies, LafargeHolcim activities create other opportunities for women, such as:
- Skills development for women in the favelas of Rio de Janeiro. Our Brazilian team offers to the residents of the Rocinha favela training sessions to masonry.
- Access to finance and business opportunities for women in Nigeria. We are running a microfinance program for housing with the largest microfinance bank in the country which has over 1 million members, of which 92% are women. As part of this program, we supply cement through our network of key distributors, almost 30% of which are women.